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He is a brilliant thriller writer who also makes me think about things
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2014
I have always been a fan of T Jefferson Parker. I love his police procedurals and his very fine Charlie Hood thrillers.
As strong and wonderful as his previous books are, FULL MEASURE marks a beautiful departure--while retaining so much of what makes this author great. I was touched by the inevitable tragedy at the heart of this story.
So many questions arose. About who you are, where you came from, how much is nature and how much is nurture. As always, T. Jefferson Parker's prose is pitch-perfect, the family dynamics pull you this way and that, and the characters are fully realized. They could be real people come to life in a book.
There was tension in every line. You never knew which way it was going to go. Last night as I read I could feel my whole body tightening up. THAT's writing!
This book explores the line between good and evil. Maybe the center is indifference. Or a lack of vigilance? Maybe it's just not wanting to see what's right in front of you and hoping for the best. We all do that. Most of us go along and put off unpleasantness and keep doing what we're doing.
As a hopeful person, I treasured a moment where Pat makes something right. Not sullenly, not because he feels compelled to, because somewhere along the line he learned the right lessons. It was a moment of grace. My takeaway is no matter what is thrown at you, no matter the circumstances, you pretty much are who you are. Redemption is hard-won.
I'm so glad T. Jefferson Parker wrote this book.